Special Networking Events
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Please Note: The minimum age limit for both events is 18.

  • Congress Dinner Event
  • Casa Guadalajara
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Congress Tour
  • Friday, March 3, 2017
  • Gain first-hand insights into the connection between materials and nature. This full-day experience combines tours of the San Diego Zoo and Birch Aquarium with a visit to the laboratory of Marc Meyers, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and lead organizer of the Pan American Materials Congress.
Welcome to the TMS 2017 146th Annual Meeting and Exhibition!
February 26 – March 2, 2017 • San Diego, California

Co-located with the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Content and Collaborations across Continents

Join other leading experts on the minerals, metals, and materials issues impacting the technological progress of the nations of the Americas. Hosted by TMS and made possible through the efforts of nine materials professional societies, the 3rd Pan American Materials Congress highlights the latest science and engineering developments affecting the region’s key industries. Cross-cultural networking activities facilitate the development of new collaborations. A comprehensive technical program and world-class roster of plenary speakers give you access to ideas and information that can benefit your work long after the congress adjourns.

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The official language of the 3rd Pan American Materials Congress is English.

Carolyn M. Hansson
Lecture Title: "Designing Infrastructure Materials for 100-plus Year Service Lives"
Speaker: Carolyn M. Hansson, Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 8:40 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Carlos Schvezov
Lecture Title: "Production, Properties, and Applications of Titanium Dioxide Films"
Speaker: Carlos Schvezov, Professor of Chemical and Natural Sciences, National University of Misones, Argentina, and CONICET Independent Researcher
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 9:20 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Diran Apelian
Lecture Title: "Circular Economy- A Pathway to Resource Recovery and Recycling"
Speaker: Diran Apelian, Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Fernando Rizzo
Lecture Title: "Nano-sized Internal Precipitation during Oxidation of an Fe-Cr Alloy in Wet Environment"
Speaker: Fernando Rizzo, General Director of the Brazilian National Institute for Technology (Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia, INT)
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Enrique J. Lavernia
Lecture Title: "Recent Progress in High Entropy Alloy Research"
Speaker: Enrique J. Lavernia, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California, Irvine
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Salvador Valtierra
Lecture Title: "High Temperature Solutions through Materials and Processes for Engines under Heavy Thermal Fatigue Conditions"
Speaker: Salvador Valtierra, Chief Technology Process Manager, NEMAK, Mexico
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Alejandro Toro
Lecture Title: "What Do Snakes Have to Say about Tribology? Biomimetics Applied to Friction and Wear Studies"
Speaker: Alejandro Toro, Professor and Senior Researcher at Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Pedro D. Portella
Lecture Title: "Toward a Federation of American Materials Societies: The European Experience"
Speaker: Pedro D. Portella, Department Head, Materials Engineering, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis & Marina, Marina G
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Advanced Biomaterials
This topic area will highlight recent innovations and developments in the field of biomaterials, which is a critical component for the advancement of cutting edge medical therapies and treatments and necessary for continued advances in human health.

Organizers: Carlos Nelson Elias, Brazil; Wen Yang, USA/Switzerland

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Advanced Manufacturing
This symposium will highlight materials-related innovations in advanced manufacturing and their impact in materials research and engineering. Advanced manufacturing technologies and processes remain a vital component for the fabrication of materials for aerospace, automotive, aeronautics, and medical industries.

Organizers: Sonia Brühl, Argentina; Ricardo H.R. Castro, USA; Dachamir Hotza, Brazil

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Materials for Green Energy
This symposium will focus on the creation, characterization, and uses of materials that aid in renewable energy storage, transmission, and generation, and more generally in environmentally friendly materials and processes.

Organizers: Julie Schoenung, USA; Roberto Arce, Argentina; Hector Calderon Benavides, Mexico; R.V. Mangalaraja, Chile

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Materials for Infrastructure
Maintaining infrastructure in metropolitan and urban areas remains a global challenge in the 21st century. This topic area will examine the state-of-the-art and potential for future innovations in materials issues related to infrastructure.

Organizers: Henry A. Colorado, Colombia; Oliverio Rodriguez, Mexico

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Materials for the Oil and Gas Industry
This symposium will highlight materials-related innovations in processing for oil and gas extraction, production, refining and transportation. Particular emphasis will be given to the development of processing-microstructure-property relations on specific applications involving materials degradation, protective coatings, failure analysis, etc.

Organizers: Lorenzo Martinez Gomez, Mexico; Adriana da Cunha Rocha, Brazil

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Materials for Transportation and Lightweighting
This symposium focuses on materials for both transportation and lightweighting innovations, to include characterization, modeling, testing and engineering applications.

Organizers: Mary Wells, Canada; Rafael Colás, Mexico; Fernand Marquis, USA; R.V. Mangalaraja, Colombia; Marta Lopez, Chile; Elvi Dalgaard, Canada; Patricia Zambrano, Mexico

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Minerals Extraction and Processing
Extraction of minerals and metals are a critical component of the supply chain for materials applications and advances around the world.

Organizers: Mery Cecilia Gomez Marroquin, Peru; Mark Schlesinger, USA; Alejandro Lopez Valdivieso, Mexico; Carlos Hoffman Sampaio, Brazil

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Nanocrystalline and Ultra-fine Grain Materials and Bulk Metallic Glasses

Organizers: Terence G. Langdon, USA; Megumi Kawasaki, S. Korea/USA; Roberto Figueiredo, Brazil; Jose Maria Cabrera, Mexico/Spain

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Shape Memory Materials
Due to their ability to be severely distorted, yet recover their original shape with an appropriate stimulus, shape memory materials show great promise for a variety of functional and structural applications.
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Presentations in this symposium will focus on recent innovations and potential future materials breakthroughs in advanced steels.

Organizers: Omar Garcia-Rincon, Mexico; Andre Costa e Silva, Brazil

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Congress Chair
Marc Meyers, University of California, San Diego
Organizer of the 2010 and 2014 Pan American Materials Congresses
Committee Members
  • Argentina: Roberto Arce, Sonia Brühl, Carlos Schvezov
  • Brazil: Andre Costa e Silva, Sergio Neves Monteiro, Horacidio Leal
  • Canada: Mary Wells, Mihaiela Isac
  • Chile: R.V. Mangalaraja, Claudio Aguilar, Marta Lopez, Enrique Miranda Salinas
  • Colombia: Henry A. Colorado, Juan Manuel Velez
  • Mexico: Armando Salinas-Rodriguez, Marco Ramirez-Argaez, J. Gerardo Cabanas-Moreno
  • Peru: Mery Cecilia Gomez Marroquin, Yovanna Gisela Palomares Yallico, Maria Isabel Gomez Marroquin
  • USA: Michael Kaufman, Diana Farkas, Olivia Graeve
  • Asociación Argentina de Materiales (SAM)
  • Associação Brasileira de Metalurgia, Materiais e Mineração (ABM)
  • Asociación Peruana de Metalurgia, Materiales Y Minerales (APMMM)
  • Colombian Materials Society
  • Instituto Ingenieros de Minas de Chile (IIMCh)
  • Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Sociedad Chilena de Metalurgia y Materiales (SOCHIM)
  • Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMM)
  • TMS (Host Society)

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